Grayling considering 'flawed' TransPennine rail upgrade

Grayling considering 'flawed' TransPennine rail upgrade

Exclusive: sources say DFT committee recommends delay-plagued route should not be fully electrified

The transport secretary is seriously considering a recommendation to spend almost £3bn on a “flawed” and “detrimental” rail upgrade in the north of England that will do nothing to improve reliability or air pollution on a slow and delay-plagued line, sources have told the Guardian.

In recent briefings, Department for Transport officials have told stakeholders that its Board Investment and Commercial Committee (BICC) has recommended to Chris Grayling that the TransPennine route between Leeds and Manchester should not be fully electrified.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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